'Mares should be rated higher than Donaire'
MANILA, Philippines – Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer claims Mexican-American boxer Abner Mares should be ranked ahead of Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire in the pound-for-pound ratings.
Schaefer, who promotes Mares, was commenting on the possibility of a boxing match between the two highly-rated super bantamweights.
“With us, you have a willing promoter and I am happy to put up a multi-million dollar offer for Nonito Donaire to show up,” Schaefer told Boxing Scene.
“But I’m not so sure after this performance tonight by Abner Mares that (Donaire’s) promoter is going to be all that excited of making this fight,” he added.
Mares was coming off a 12-round unanimous decision victory over tough contender Anselmo Moreno, and immediately called out Donaire following his victory.
“I want Donaire next. I want to keep fighting the best out there,” he said.
Schaefer believes that should they ever fight, it will be Mares who will have the upper hand against Donaire.
“I really think that if you look at Abner’s resume, and you compare it with the other to super bantamweight, Nonito Donaire... and I’m not taking anything away from Nonito because he’s a terrific and exciting fighter,” Schaefer said.
“But if you really compare the strength of the opposition, and when and where Abner fought them ... All of those guys were either champions, undefeated, or with one loss at the peak of their careers,” he added.
Given this, Schaefer said it only makes sense for Mares to be ranked ahead of Donaire.
“In my opinion, there is no question about it that Abner Mares belongs ahead of Nonito Donaire on every single pound-for-pound list. No question about it,” he said.
Donaire, the RING Magazine’s super bantamweight champion, is currently fifth in their pound-for-pound ratings. Mares is not even ranked in the top 10.
Donaire is coming off a ninth-round technical knockout victory over top Japanese boxer Toshiaki Nishioka, who is ranked third in the super bantamweight division.
Mares is rated fourth in The RING's divisional rankings.